God's Providential Timing
Job 23:13-14; Psalm 139:1-5
Sunday, March 18, 2005
ILLUS: On last Saturday, our group of 18 pilgrims returned from an exciting trip to the Holy Land. We spent 8 days, visiting places like the Sea of Galilee, Caesarea, Masada, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives, We baptized 8 people in the River Jordon, and best of all, and we visited the Garden Tomb, where we celebrated the Lord's Supper.
On our last night we stopped to enjoy some Lebanese food at a restaurant just outside of Tel Aviv. Then we were on our way to the airport for our departure. As we were about to get off the bus, someone came up to the front of the bus and told me that Ray Tomlinson wasn't feeling good and wanted to see me. I found him pale and in obvious discomfort. He said he was having some pain from his lower abdomen area. The pain seemed to be traveling up to the front of his neck. He knew that my wife had some nitroglycerin tablets and asked if he could have one. Since they are harmless, I agreed and gave him one pill. Our guide, Ami Weiss, came on the bus and determined he should see a doctor...they have a clinic in the airport, so he took Ray to the clinic, which was only about 5 minutes from where we were.
I had stayed behind to assist our folks in getting through customs and checking there baggage. In a few minutes, Ami returned and wanted me to come with him to encourage Ray. The medical attendees felt Ray should not board the airplane and instead, should be taken to a hospital. They felt he was having heart trouble...in fact, it was soon determined that he was.
Following an emergency angiogram, they found that Ray had some blocked arteries. They attempted to correct the problem with stints, but that wasn't successful. The only recourse was open heart surgery. Ray underwent a two-way by pass procedure. I am pleased to announce that he came through everything just fine. As I speak, He is recovering in a hospital ...
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